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    Vietnam shooter defies ammunition shortage to strike gold at Rio

    Shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh not only defied his short-sightednessto bring home Vietnam’s first-ever Olympic gold medal, but also sub-standard training conditions at home, where he had to practice with paper targets and a shortage of ammunition.

    The 42-year-old military colonel quenched his country’s thirst for a first gold medal in 64 years of Olympic competition by acing the men’s 10m air pistol event during Sunday’s opening of competition at Rio 2016.

    But it is not the only thing that makes Vinh’s medal historic. What is more significant about his victory in Brazil is that he has had to “watch the bullets,” or practice using as few rounds of ammunition as possible, in preparation for the Games.

    Bullets may be an indispensible part of the sport of shooting, but Vietnam has faced a shortage of ammunition for its national shooting squads in recent years, with shooters having no choice but to try to do without.

    Nguyen Tan Nam, head coach of the Hanoi shooting team, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in May that some 100 athletes in his squad had not “heard the sound of gunshot for ages.”

    “As there is no ammunition, every day when they come here for training, the shooters just raise the gun, pull the trigger to hear the ‘tick’ sound, and that’s all,” he elaborated.

    Sometimes the team is lucky enough to be able to buy shotgun ammunition, used in bird hunting, for practice.

    Only when athletes attend competitions are they given bullets for practice, according to the coach.

    “The biggest headache is that as the athletes train without bullets, we cannot evaluate their skills and ability,” Nam added.



    A member of the national shooting team and a Southeast Asian Games medalist told Tuoi Tre that ammunition shortages are not uncommon for the country’s shooters because bullets are expensive.

    “However, that a team has not had a single bullet to practice with for a whole year is unprecedented,” he said, preferring to remain anonymous.

    The shooter underlined that there is a big difference between training with and without bullets.

    “Constantly practicing with no bullets just makes our skills poorer,” he said. “We become discouraged and usually have to end the training session early.”

    Every member of the shooting team of the northern city of Hai Phong, for example, is granted an average of three bullets per month.

    “We do not know when to use these ‘precious’ bullets,” coach Pham Cao Son said.

    In addition, some Hai Phong shooters have been using plastic bottles filled with sand to hone their skills.



    The situation is brighter for Vinh and Tran Quoc Cuong however, as Vietnam’s top performing shooters.

    During their sessions in preparation for Rio 2016, Vinh and Cuong were each given 100 rounds of ammunition a day for practice.

    Even still, at the national training center in Hanoi, all representative shooters are forced to practice with paper targets, at a time when all international competitions use electronic ones.

    “Under these conditions, it is no surprise that Vietnam never grabbed an Olympic medal,” Nguyen Hong Minh, who used to lead Team Vietnam at Olympic events, told Tuoi Tre on Sunday.

    “The gold medal of Vinh is truly exceptional.”


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    Sorry not motivated by this commie's story in the least nor do I feel sorry for him.
    In fact there are probably some on here who were shot at his by dad and wish the pistol was facing in the other direction.
    Just sayin'

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        #4
        Originally posted by sickofny View Post
        Sorry not motivated by this commie's story in the least nor do I feel sorry for him.
        In fact there are probably some on here who were shot at his by dad and wish the pistol was facing in the other direction.
        Just sayin'

        The one thing I like about the olympics, it is one of the few times humanity rises above politics

        holding him responsible for the war, means you would have to hold just about every other countries athletes responsible for their governments action through out history. Should we be held responsible for Obama's actions?

        I think the story points out that dry fire is still an effective means of practice and he is not the first competitive shooter to win by not having live ammo
        Last edited by Ancap; 08-15-2016, 12:00 PM.

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          #5
          Yeah, that whole Vietnam war situation really sucked. So many Americans dead, wounded and suffering the effects of Agent Orange, PTSD, etc. It wasn't a good situation for us at all.

          What is interesting though is that it shows the importance of dry firing.

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            Originally posted by Ancap View Post


            The one thing I like about the olympics, it is one of the few times humanity rises above politics

            holding him responsible for the war, means you would have to hold just about every other countries athletes responsible for their governments action through out history. Should we be held responsible for Obama's actions?

            I think the story points out that dry fire is still an effective means of practice and he is not the first competitive shooter to win by not having live ammo
            It's a feel good fluff piece by the ultra liberal media about overcoming obstacles in a communist shithole. John Kerry probably got wood reading this crap.
            How many of their people went without eating so the Vietnamese government could half ass prop this guy up so he could win their first Olympic medal?

            Maybe your too young to know what went on over there or just don't care but it affected my family and many others we knew.
            Nothing good could ever come out of that country including this little commie bastard so fuck him.
            Why isn't the media reporting on the daily human rights violations going on over there instead of this crap? Oh yea that doesn't sell papers.
            Hey Jane Fonda was so deeply involved with these people 48 years ago why doesn't she dip into her multimillions and help the little commie bastard out?
            Oh yea their not in the news everyday anymore so she wouldn't get any free press out of it, nevermind.

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              Hopefully Fonda's next public appearance will be in the obituaries..
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                #8
                Originally posted by Ancap View Post


                The one thing I like about the olympics, it is one of the few times humanity rises above politics
                Hehehehehe, "rises above politics"? The olympics have been and always will be a political tool.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkNKdZV-TYE

                http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/qfp/104481.htm

                http://michaelturton.blogspot.com/20...g-in-1960.html

                http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/d...00/3547872.stm

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_O...k_Power_salute

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_Summer_Olympics
                "Hitler opened the games from his own box, on top of others. Writer David Wallechinsky has commented the event by saying that "This was his event, he wanted to be glorified."["
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                  #9
                  I hope that most Americans are aware of the horrific conditions that these men experienced during the war. I always take the opportunity to describe what went on when I'm telling my kids to suck it up, take the pain and deal with minor inconveniences. I'm too young to know, and I wasn't there, but I've read enough on the subject and have seen enough to understand the effect it had on our nation.

                  I didn't see the fluffy, love the Vietnamese in this article. I don't even know if major news outlets reported on it since this piece was written in a Vietnamese news outlet. I think this country is too wrapped up in loving Islam and BLM to care about Vietnam right now.

                  I ger where you're coming from, but I really was interested in how important dry firing is.

                  I'm sorry you and your family went through what you did and had to experience it first hand. We can only hope that the US learns from the past and history does not repeat itself.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Finicky Fat Guy View Post
                    Hehehehehe, "rises above politics"? The olympics have been and always will be a political tool.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkNKdZV-TYE

                    http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/qfp/104481.htm

                    http://michaelturton.blogspot.com/20...g-in-1960.html

                    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/d...00/3547872.stm

                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_O...k_Power_salute

                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_Summer_Olympics
                    "Hitler opened the games from his own box, on top of others. Writer David Wallechinsky has commented the event by saying that "This was his event, he wanted to be glorified."["

                    like anything else, there is corruption

                    but the fact remains that athletes will put political differences aside and participate to compete with each other in peaceful means....yes for some athletes its political..but overall it shows how two countries who could hate each other can come together and play a game.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by sickofny View Post

                      It's a feel good fluff piece by the ultra liberal media about overcoming obstacles in a communist shithole. John Kerry probably got wood reading this crap.
                      How many of their people went without eating so the Vietnamese government could half ass prop this guy up so he could win their first Olympic medal?

                      Maybe your too young to know what went on over there or just don't care but it affected my family and many others we knew.
                      Nothing good could ever come out of that country including this little commie bastard so fuck him.
                      Why isn't the media reporting on the daily human rights violations going on over there instead of this crap? Oh yea that doesn't sell papers.
                      Hey Jane Fonda was so deeply involved with these people 48 years ago why doesn't she dip into her multimillions and help the little commie bastard out?
                      Oh yea their not in the news everyday anymore so she wouldn't get any free press out of it, nevermind.

                      Well I hope you don't buy anything made in China, because MAO was far worse

                      Or anything from Germany because Hitler socialist/fascist ideals still live over there

                      or Russia, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, etc...

                      do not buy anything from Gm or Chrysler because those fuckers where bailed out with stolen taxpayers dollars

                      and you talk about human rights, tell me one country that isn't severely infringing on our inalienable rights at the current moment

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Ancap View Post


                        like anything else, there is corruption

                        but the fact remains that athletes will put political differences aside and participate to compete with each other in peaceful means....yes for some athletes its political..but overall it shows how two countries who could hate each other can come together and play a game.
                        It took me less than 10 minutes to document 7 instances (I'm counting the US and USSR boycotts as two despite only having one link) where politics did not transcend sports. Hell, in the example of the the Egyptian judo fighter, do you any doubt that if they could, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, etc, would prohibit Israel from participating? Not a chance. From the selection of the locations to the selections of the teams the whole thing is politicized because humans are political creatures.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Finicky Fat Guy View Post

                          It took me less than 10 minutes to document 7 instances (I'm counting the US and USSR boycotts as two despite only having one link) where politics did not transcend sports. Hell, in the example of the the Egyptian judo fighter, do you any doubt that if they could, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, etc, would prohibit Israel from participating? Not a chance. From the selection of the locations to the selections of the teams the whole thing is politicized because humans are political creatures.

                          So so your saying Michael Phelps drive, to win his record medals is based on collectivism rather then individualism....I don't think so

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Ancap View Post


                            Well I hope you don't buy anything made in China, because MAO was far worse

                            Or anything from Germany because Hitler socialist/fascist ideals still live over there

                            or Russia, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, etc...

                            do not buy anything from Gm or Chrysler because those fuckers where bailed out with stolen taxpayers dollars

                            and you talk about human rights, tell me one country that isn't severely infringing on our inalienable rights at the current moment
                            Obviously you missed my point and know way more about everything that has happened in the last 50 years than I do.

                            Nothing I can say will be good enough for a know-all keyboard cowboy, so...I'm out. You can pat yourself on the back now smart guy


                            Last edited by sickofny; 08-15-2016, 03:52 PM.

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